Becoming More Of A Do-Gooder
There comes a stage in your 20s, or even your 30s, where you start becoming a little less selfish and start feeling a bit more socially responsible. While you might have been happy to be a bystander in the past and admire other people’s efforts, now you start thinking about whether there’s more you can do to help others.
You don’t need to become an activist overnight, but there are little things you can do to change your ways and start helping people. Want to become more of a do-gooder? Here’s how.
Take the environment seriously
Up until recently, you’ve probably thought that your recycling efforts were enough. But all of those recent images of what plastics are doing to the oceans might have just given you the wake-up call you need to try doing more. Cutting down on plastic might be the ‘in’ thing right now, but that doesn’t make it any less important. Carry a tote bag with you, cut down on packaging and stop buying bottles of water – a reusable water bottle is cheap to buy, plus it’s seen as ‘cool’ to be carrying one!
Raise a bit of money
It’s at this point in your life where you’ll start seeing friends and family taking part in all kinds of weird and wonderful physical challenges to help them raise money for a good cause. Haven’t you secretly wanted to be one of them? Signing up to do something like a marathon will help you get fit, but it’s also a good way to raise some money. Get some custom shirts printed for your cheer squad and feel a sense of achievement as you cross the finish line.
Of course, not all fundraising efforts have to be physical. Prefer baking? Why not host a bake sale in your office instead (champagne cake anyone?)? Think about what you can do to raise a bit of cash, and donate to others too – even small gestures can make a big difference to others.
Help out friends and neighbors
You can start becoming a do-gooder by helping out a little closer to home. Be a little more helpful to friends and family – it’s a good excuse for spending time with people, and it’s a nice thing to do. Whether your friends need help moving or doing some DIY around the house, it’s good to be able to offer help and feel great about doing it too. Instead of watching people struggling, lend a helping hand – you never know when it might be you in their position later down the line.
Becoming more of a do-gooder doesn’t have to involve ditching your worldly possessions and heading off to work with orphans (unless you want to), but there are small things you can do that will make the world a better place. Grow your social conscience and start looking at ways you can make a difference. It feels good to help others, so why not give it a try?